With their eyes on the Montreal Olympics, Kenyan athletes made their bid to qualify for their country's Olympic team at the Triangular Athletics Championships at Nakuru on Sunday (22 September).
GV start and finish of men's 400 metre hurdles (winner:Daniel Kimaiyo).
GV start and finish of women's 100 metres (winner: Alice Adala).
GV start and finish men's 100 metres (winner: John Mwembe).
GV start of men's 400 metres.
GV finish of men's 400 metres. Two Kenyan runners make break into straight to take first place (winner: W. Njiri).
GV start and finish of women's 100 metre hurdles (winner : Seraphines Echesa).
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Background: With their eyes on the Montreal Olympics, Kenyan athletes made their bid to qualify for their country's Olympic team at the Triangular Athletics Championships at Nakuru on Sunday (22 September).
But the meeting only produced one more qualifier for the games - Kenyan soldier Daniel Kimaiyo, who won the men's 400 metre hurdles clocking a fast 50.5 seconds.
Generally the muddy track marred fast times except for Kimaiyo's performance. Kimaiyo, running in the forth lane was under pressure from Eric Kiprotich until the 300 metre mark. However, from then on the was on his own, hitting the tape clear of his opponents. The clash between Olympic champion John Aku-Bua of Uganda and Kenya's William Koskei didn't materialise. Both were at Nakuru but, didn't run in the 400 metres.
There were other disappointments too. The expected clash in the women's 100 metres between Alice Adala and Emily Kubasu flopped because Kubasu failed to turn up. Adala won the race in 12.0 seconds -- and came back later to win the women's 200 metres in 25.6 seconds.
John Mwembe of Kenya won the men's 100 metres in 10.6 seconds while W. Njiri was first in the men's 400 metres with a time of 46.9 seconds.
Seraphines Echesa of Kenya took the women's 100 metre hurdles, clocking a time of 15.2 seconds.
Reports from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi suggested that the country's Olympic officials had been hoping for some encouraging performances from the athletes. As things turned out the poor ground conditions prevented this.
Several athletes have come in for some criticism over their performances recently. But Reuters reports that Olympic officials "are refusing to panic" about the poor showing of track stars.
Their performances have caused a wave of ??? on the state of the sport in the Kanyan press. Kenya, which prides itself on being the leading athletics nation in Africa, failed to win a single first in the United States-German-African meeting at Durham, North Carol???, in the United states or at the pre-Olympics meeting in Mont??al.
Despite the setbacks, Kenyan Olympic officials insist that they are happy with the health of the sport and their Olympic prospects.